List of Catholic philosophers and theologians


This is a list of Catholic philosophers and theologians whose Catholicism is important to their works. The names are ordered by date of birth in order to give a rough sense of influence between thinkers.

Ancient (born before 500 A.D.)

Early Medieval (born between 600 A.D and 1100 A.D)


High Medieval (born between 1100 A.D and 1450 A.D)

Thomas Aquinas

Renaissance and Early Modern (born between 1450 A.D and 1750 A.D)

René Descartes

Late Modern (born between 1750 A.D and 1900 A.D)

Portrait of Newman by John Everett Millais, 1881
Max Scheler
Stein in 1938 or 1939

Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century

Mortimer J. Adler
Joseph Ratzinger
Alasdair MacIntyre in 2009

See also


  • The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, (Second Edition). Cambridge University Press; 1999. ISBN 0-521-63722-8
  • Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Second Edition). Martin Gale; 2006. ISBN 0-02-865780-2
  • The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford University Press; 1995. ISBN 0-19-866132-0
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Routledge; 1998. ISBN 978-0-415-07310-3
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. January 16, 2010